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Hard to imagine anyone not loving this... go Simon Amstell! - Stephen Fry A beautiful and clever book about being human. All the warmth of this comedy without the inconvenience of his face - Russell Brand COMEDY, TRAGEDY, THERAPY Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of thirteen. His parents had just divorced and puberty was confusing. Trying to be funny solved everything. HELP is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon's ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self on stage. To tell the truth so it can't hurt him any more. Loneliness, anxiety, depression - this book has it all. And more. From a complicated childhood in Essex to an Ayahuasca-led epiphany in the Amazon rainforest, this story will make you laugh, cry and then feel happier than you've ever been.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 144 x 202 x 24mm | 329g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • SQUARE PEG
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1910931543
  • 9781910931547
  • 8,781

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"A beautiful and clever book about being human. All the warmth of his comedy without the inconvenience of his face" * Russell Brand * "Disarmingly, almost alarmingly, honest. I laughed out loud 57 times" * Martin Freeman * "No one makes loneliness and anxiety as funny as Simon Amstell. Every sentence in this book is simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious" * Hadley Freeman * "Enrapturing. Touching, funny and sweet" * Alain de Botton * "Puts the fun in 'insanely honest introspection fun'" * Adam Buxton * "Amstell is a likable, self-deprecating guide to his own flaws, and has spent enough time in therapy to dissect his own navel-gazing with a nicely dry self-awareness" -- Stephanie Merritt * Observer * "Hilarious and heart-breaking... Simon's unique take on the world is a reminder of the absurdity of life and the humour that can be found even in its darkest moments. Genuinely life-affirming, moving and profoundly funny" * Attitude * "Compulsively, excruciatingly honest... An heroically spiky, self-excavating read about family, fame, sex and self-discovery" -- Alice Jones * i * "This book blends some of the best moments from his tours to date with some eye-wateringly honest anecdotes from his life so far" -- Adam Ouxbury * Wing Magazine * "It's inevitable that Simon Amstell's memoir doesn't fit the usual mould... In Help..., he cranks up the honesty: alongside excerpts of scripts from his shows, he relates the source material, often in almost painful depth. Depression, an unhappy childhood, family rifts - all feature in what Amstell, typically acerbic, describes as a "heroic act of self-annihiliation"" -- Hannah Shaddock * Radio Times *show more

About Simon Amstell

Simon Amstell is a comedian, screenwriter and director. 2017 sees his first feature-length film, Carnage, and his latest stand-up tour, What is This? He has previously written and starred in the television series Grandma's House, and his past stand-up tours include To Be Free, Numb and Do Nothing. He also hosted some popular television programmes but he is now too pretentious to list them here.show more

Review Text

"Hilarious and heart-breaking… Simon’s unique take on the world is a reminder of the absurdity of life and the humour that can be found even in its darkest moments. Genuinely life-affirming, moving and profoundly funny"show more

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75 ratings
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